The Joshua Rose Papers document Rose's life and contributions to the Oakland
community as an executive for the Oakland YMCA and as a member of the Oakland Recreation
Commission and the first African American to serve on the Oakland City Council.
Joshua Rose was born on September 11,1906 in Lexington, Virginia to George and
Mary Charles Rose. The family later moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where Joshua attended
Schenley High School. He worked his way through the University of Pittsburgh by part-time
work at the steel mills and at the Center Ave. YMCA in Pittsburgh. In 1937, he received a
Bachelor's degree in Business Administration.
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Permission to publish from the Joshua Rose Papers must be obtained from the African American Museum and Library at Oakland.
No access restrictions. Collection is open to the public.